Celebrities and Afropolitans: Managing Private Affect in Transnational Relations

Lisa Ann Richey, Lene Bull Christiansen

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    Celebrity has become a way of mediating between proximity and distance in the global as well as the specific context. As the paradigms of ‘people we know so well’ that are simultaneously ‘just like us’ and ‘exemplary,’ celebrities have become proxy philanthropists, statesmen, executives and healers. This paper will explore how saturating communications between the global North and South with celebrity content normalizes the celebrity modality of ‘Africa’. This presentation will explore how in the aid celebrity modality, expertise becomes celebritized and circulated, while affective commitment is bestowed on emotional sovereigns for management-linking Western donors with Afropolitans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2 Apr 2012
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2012
    EventInternational Studies Association Annual Meeting: Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age - San Diego, United States
    Duration: 1 Apr 20124 Apr 2012


    ConferenceInternational Studies Association Annual Meeting
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
    OtherAnnual Meeting of the International Studies Association

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